Joel McHale has joined many other notable names in protesting North Carolina’s recently passed HB2 law, which prohibits local governments from enacting anti-discrimination measures.
While performing a comedy show at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Friday, McHale wore a homemade LGBTQ T-shirt and announced that all proceeds from the show would go to the LGBTQ Center of Durham.
A video of the performance features a bewildered McHale expressing his distaste for the controversial law, which he calls stupid and “f—— crazy,” and making the commitment to donate “every single dime” he earned from the show to the city’s LGBTQ organization.
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“Joel is vehemently opposed to HB2 and knows there are many in Durham (which recently passed a measure condemning the law) that share the feeling,” the actor’s rep said in a statement to PEOPLE. “He felt this was a good way to raise awareness and much needed funds for a local center that is on the front line of this important cause.”
Fans in attendance at Friday night’s show took to social media to praise McHale’s activism.
Last night went see @joelmchale at @dpacnc Great show! 💥 Joel entered the stage wearing an LGBTQ DURHAM t-shirt and as an opener, expressed his opposition to HB2. Even said he considered not doing the show because of it. Glad he did though! Sad that North Carolina has become so popular lately for something like this. So, how opposed is Joel to #HB2? He offered to donate all the money from last night's show to @lgbtqdurham Pretty cool. 🌟 👏🏻 🌟 👏🏻 🌟 👏🏻 🌟👏🏻🌟👏🏻🌟👏🏻🌟#durhamperformingartscenter #dpac #joelmchale #lgbtq #lgbtqdurham #notoriousDURM #durham #northcarolina #downtowndurham #outaboutnc #wraloutandabout #919 @wral #ToSeeInDurham #ToDoInDurham #ToDoInNC #ToSeeInNC #durhamnc @indyweek @newsobserver @cityofdurhamnc #ncpolitics #durm @durhammag @downtowndurham #donation
• Reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD